The IBM Global Entreprenuership Program is here again and this time in Pune. It will be held on Oct15 and the registration for the same closes on Oct12. This is the fourth edition if the program, previous three were held in Kochi on Sep8, Hyderabad on Sep29, Chennai Oct9. Top five startups each from the three cities have made it it to the regional finals.
All eligible startups can fill up the form on or before October 12, 2015 and apply for the IBM GEP SmartCamp 2015 Pune edition. The list of judges for this edition include Sanjay Anandaram(Partner, Seedfund Ventures); Shailesh Ghorpade(Managing Partner,Reservoir Ventures), Sushanto Mitra(Founder of Lead Angels); Aruna Schwarz(CEO & Founder, Stelae Technologies);Ralph Schonenbach(CEO – TRESTLE GROUP
and Envoy) among others. Smart Camp judges include Jason Mosakowski(Director, Software,India South Asia, IBM), V Balakrishnan (Chairman, Reservoir Ventures), Ravi Gururaj(Nasscom Executive Council Member) among others.
Global Entrepreneur Program was launched with a vision to provide comprehensive and strong network resources , so as to be able to drive collaborative cloud innovation for startups. As it moves ahead in its second year of existence, the participation has increased manifolds. The SmartCamp 2015 challenge is for B2B startups to help them build, innovate, scale and accelerate with the assistance of IBM’s global network of enterprise clients, consultants and innovation centers. The winner startups will have an opportunity to pitch to IBM executives, VCs and government execs. The Top 15 Regional Startups will showcase their product to CIOs and the IBM Sales team that will be held in Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore.
The event will culminate with a final showdown wherein top six startups will pitch to eminent VCs (e.g. Nexus Ventures, Intel Ventures, Seedfund, Reservoir Ventures and Ravi Gururaj) in Bangalore. The City editions will also happen in Vizag , Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Delhi and Mumbai
Your startup needs to have B2B product or platforms, it needs to be less than five years old and It needs to be an IBM Global Entrepreneur Program Cloud Credit member or just the IBM Global Entrepreneur Program member.
What will you gain:
- Award Certifications from IBM
- A platform to showcase their product to CIOs and IBM Executives
- An opportunity to meet and interact with Venture Capitalists and Government executives
- A chance to leverage higher outreach through extensive press coverage and grand prizes!
- An opportunity to meet Angel Investors in the Silicon Valley and New York.